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Amok B Saturday, November 12th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
1 year5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
STO Autococker
Smart Parts Shocker (2000)
Angel LCD (2000)
ANS Gxe Autococker with Racegun grip
Planet Eclipse Autococker (Directors Cut)
Marker Setup: Racegun Halfblock
Sanchez Machine SM-1 barrel kit
Palmer Micro Rock reg
Belsales 44 Magnum ram with Qev's (CP ram comes stock, but i changed it for the 44)
Mac Dev Gladiator inline reg
Mac Dev Conquest air system
Recommended
Upgrades:
It comes stock with a CP ram which is nice. But the 44 Mag from Belsales is better (no doubt).
Strengths: Light.
Small.
Fast.
Very stable shooting platform.
Cocker without backblock
Firmware up-loadable by user.
Weaknesses: WHAT??? Ok!!!

Autococker = Different working philosophy = Might unfase you a bit.
Review: Speed:
The name tells it all. Racegun.
The electronic grip took away the slower firing rates from the autococker body.
This gun IS fast.
I've placed a spring to give the trigger (there's a groove to keep the spring in place) a snappy feel.
Better use a force feed loader.
There's also a bearing roller trigger available for those who like no side-play at all on a trigger.


Hitting what you aim for:
This is the sum of a number of factors:
-The player. Well... that's up to you.
-Paint to barrel bore match. SM-1 kit takes care of it.
-Consistency. The main valve plus the spring set up work very well. The inline reg needs around a case of paint, 2000 balls, to be rock steady (I know this because i've placed a minigauge under the frontblock)
The end result is very very very nice.


Stability:
Less cocking mass (halfblocked remember ?).
The sear has a nice (and copyright) trick/gizmo to smooth the releasing of the hammer (a roller cage is dropped/tripped to release the hammer).
I've shot autocockers before, but the moving mass clanking inside, plus the back block hammering away near my face set me off. The Halfblock is very stable though. That's one thing i look for in a gun, and this one has it.


Handling:
The gun is light, small (the Reloader B looks big on top of it) and shooter friendly.


Manufacturer support:
Racegun is not the biggest company around. This means you are not just a number on their costumer care list, but also means they don't have the best reply time (manly because of in-house employee numbers i think). Their staff cares for you, they have a very helpful web forum, but some times you have to be patient.
They also attend some big tournaments (Europe and US)

Control:
The board is quite flexible. The settings are carried out thru a link port (via PC, laptop or Palm handheld). Firmware is free, updated regularly and up-loadable into the board thru the link (anyone can do it, anywhere).
The grip is standard 45 (nice when you have to choose grip covers).
The gun comes stock with nice break beam eyes.


Looks:
The halfblock shape stands out.
Anodize is well done.
No machining problems i've noticed.
Some guys say the feedneck looks to tall, but you need that free space to look thru and aim.
Conclusion: I've rated this a 10. You might get the idea (reading some of my one lines above) i'm pushing it. Hmm... after 11 months of using it (in the field it's my own skills holding me down, not the gun) and 3 re-readings of my own words... NOT!!!
There are good guns for less money but...
If you can afford this, and are not afraid to maintain your autococker, THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, November 12th, 2005 at 10:49 am PST
 

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